Thursday, September 30, 2010

Flora And Fauna



"By definition, flora is a word of Latin origin referring to Flora, the goddess of flowers. Flora can refer to a group of plants, a disquisition of a group of plants, as well as to bacteria. Flora is the root of the word floral, which means pertaining to flowers.  "

"Fauna can refer to the animal life or classification of animals of a certain region, time period, or environment. Fauna is also of Latin origin. In Roman Mythology Fauna was the sister of Faunus, a good spirit of the forest and plains."

Prints available in the shop.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Ugghhh

This post probably won't make a whole lot of sense. I've recently caught a cold or something.
My head feels cloudy, and my hands feel weak, so words are not coming out right.. 
Which is probably why my post title just says "Ugghhh."
That is all my brain is able to say to me, other than "Take a naappp."

So pictures make a little more sense right now.

I just wanted to post few new things that have been added to the shop.

A hat made from a blend of acrylic and wool roving.
This is my very favorite color of green.
A little mermaid/ water nymph.
I'm really jealous of her blue hair.
And finally a little red head with her fox pal.
I've always wanted to snuggle up with a fluffy fox.

How To Treat Others

 I came across this just yesterday and I really wanted to share it. I think how we treat others is extremely important. It reflects how we feel about ourselves and has a huge effect on the people around you. Treating just one person badly can effect more than just that one person, in several ways.

Five Lessons About How To Treat People
-- Author Unknown


1. First Important Lesson - "Know The Cleaning Lady"


During my second month of college, our professor gave us a pop quiz. I was a conscientious student and had breezed through the questions, until I read the last one: "What is the first name of the woman who cleans the school?"

Surely this was some kind of joke. I had seen the cleaning woman several times. She was tall, dark-haired and in her 50s, but how would I know her name? I handed in my paper, leaving the last question blank. Just before class ended, one student asked if the last question would count toward our quiz grade.

"Absolutely," said the professor. "In your careers, you will meet many people. All are significant. They deserve your attention and care, even if all you do is smile and say "hello."

I've never forgotten that lesson. I also learned her name was Dorothy.


2. Second Important Lesson - "Pickup In The Rain"


One night, at 11:30 p.m., an older African American woman was standing on the side of an Alabama highway trying to endure a lashing rainstorm. Her car had broken down and she desperately needed a ride. Soaking wet, she decided to flag down the next car.

A young white man stopped to help her, generally unheard of in those conflict-filled 1960s. The man took her to safety, helped her get assistance and put her into a taxicab.

She seemed to be in a big hurry, but wrote down his address and thanked him. Seven days went by and a knock came on the man's door. To his surprise, a giant console color TV was delivered to his home.

A special note was attached. It read: "Thank you so much for assisting me on the highway the other night. The rain drenched not only my clothes, but also my spirits. Then you came along. Because of you, I was able to make it to my dying husband's bedside just before he passed away. God bless you for helping me and unselfishly serving others."

Sincerely, Mrs. Nat King Cole.


3. Third Important Lesson - "Remember Those Who Serve"

In the days when an ice cream sundae cost much less, a 10 year-old boy entered a hotel coffee shop and sat at a table. A waitress put a glass of water in front of him. "How much is an ice cream sundae?" he asked. "50¢," replied the waitress.

The little boy pulled his hand out of his pocket and studied the coins in it.

"Well, how much is a plain dish of ice cream?" he inquired. By now more people were waiting for a table and the waitress was growing impatient. "35¢!" she brusquely replied.

The little boy again counted his coins. "I'll have the plain ice cream," he said. The waitress brought the ice cream, put the bill on the table and walked away. The boy finished the ice cream, paid the cashier and left.

When the waitress came back, she began to cry as she wiped down the table. There, placed neatly beside the empty dish, were two nickels and five pennies. You see, he couldn't have the sundae, because he had to have enough left to leave her a tip.


4. Fourth Important Lesson - "The Obstacles In Our Path"


In ancient times, a King had a boulder placed on a roadway. Then he hid himself and watched to see if anyone would remove the huge rock. Some of the king's wealthiest merchants and courtiers came by and simply walked around it. Many loudly blamed the King for not keeping the roads clear, but none did anything about getting the stone out of the way.

Then a peasant came along carrying a load of vegetables. Upon approaching the boulder, the peasant laid down his burden and tried to move the stone to the side of the road. After much pushing and straining, he finally succeeded. After the peasant picked up his load of vegetables, he noticed a purse lying in the road where the boulder had been. The purse contained many gold coins and a note from the King indicating that the gold was for the person who removed the boulder from the roadway. The peasant learned what many of us never understand - "Every obstacle presents an opportunity to improve our condition."


5. Fifth Important Lesson - "Giving When It Counts"

Many years ago, when I worked as a volunteer at a hospital, I got to know a little girl named Liz who was suffering from a rare and serious disease. Her only chance of recovery appeared to be a blood transfusion from her 5-year-old brother, who had miraculously survived the same disease and had developed the antibodies needed to combat the illness. The doctor explained the situation to her little brother, and asked the little boy if he would be willing to give his blood to his sister. I saw him hesitate for only a moment before taking a deep breath and saying, "Yes, I'll do it if it will save her."

As the transfusion progressed, he lay in bed next to his sister and smiled, as we all did, seeing the color returning to her cheeks. Then his face grew pale and his smile faded. He looked up at the doctor and asked with a trembling voice, "Will I start to die right away?".

Being young, the little boy had misunderstood the doctor; he thought he was going to have to give his sister all of his blood in order to save her.

 The intent of these five lessons is to inspire us to be more considerate and serving when opportunities presents themselves. Like many novels and movies, even if a story is not entirely true, it doesn't diminished the moral of the message.


Tuesday, September 28, 2010

It's Okay To Match

I've been having a lot of fun with my pastels and colored pencils lately. They used to be all I used until I started college where the focus was on painting. In most of my classes the final assignment had to be done in paint.  I think I'm a lot happier with the results now that I'm back to what I am used to.  

It's good to be true to yourself.

I made this one special for the Halloween season. A dark pixie and her companion raven. 
She wears a black pixie hat to match her raven and her black hair.
I got a little jealous of her hat, so I made myself one! 

Prints and hats available here.

Oh, and check this out! I am included in a huge ten winner giveaway! 
Details here.

Monday, September 27, 2010

I love..

Big eyes.
Big mysterious eyes. 
The bigger the better.


I've rediscovered my love for pastels and colored pencils.
These two prints are available in the shop
this time I'm offering two sizes.

Happy Monday! 
(I can't believe I just said that.)

Did you notice the sudden drop in temperature? It's hat and scarf season! 
 Here's to a productive autumn week!

Sunday, September 26, 2010

I really do love Etsy so much. I've met some wonderful people through it. I love purchasing things from Etsy because I know that it's coming from a real person, and if they are like me, they put a lot of love into their products. That's something that you can't get at WalMart. Another thing I love so much about the sellers are if there is a problem most are willing to fix it right away.

I recently purchased a few things from some sellers on Etsy, but Taylor's job had us move before I was able to get the packages! I tried putting my mail on hold, changing my address, forwarding my mail... but nothing worked. I was not able to get the packages.

I felt so bad, but I talked to the sellers about it and they both reshipped to me! Both sellers were so sweet about it. 

Here is Mowgli sporting his beautiful new collar from Beary's. Mowgli has a funny way of walking. It's more like a prance. He prances around the house like he is a little prince. I came across this collar; the "Prince Charming" collar. I had to get it. I was perfect for my silly little prancing monster. I get such a kick out of him wearing it. I giggle a little bit every time I see his silly face. Beary's has some really cute and affordable collars. Plus the seller was incredibly helpful and sweet! Mowgli's first collar never made it to me, and she made him another one and reshipped! It meant so much to me!


I also purchased a few things from Orangethyme. I made the purchase, but then had to move suddenly. I was so sad because I knew it would be lost. Rachel from Oranethyme was so sweet about it and reshipped! She included some sweet soaps and some other little goodies for me. Her products are amazing and smell so delicious. Everything was so cutely packaged too! Just ask my mom, I was on the phone with her going, "Oooo! Awww!"

Now, the challenge will be keeping my new lip balms out of my little prince's mouth. 
He loves to taste my chapstick.

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Hair History. (Embarrassing)

I haven't always had a pixie cut. 
In fact I had long and crazy hair until my senior year of high school.
 This was back when I was part cat/cheetah... 2nd grade maybe?

In highschool I had quite the mane of hair. (I really didn't brush it.)
I can't find any good pictures of that.. but it looked similar to the above picture.

In the middle of my senior year I cut all of my hair off. 
I can't say exactly what brought me to do such a thing, but I'm glad I did.
 I loved having short hair. Nobody could convince me to grow it back out.
(Believe me they tried)
 I was told some other pretty awful things, I was told I looked like a little boy.
But I felt myself, and there is nothing wrong with feeling like yourself.

I told myself I would only grow it out if the right boy asked me to.

Then I met Taylor

I met Taylor while I was in college.
We fell in love and he asked me to grow it out. 
People do crazy things when they are in love.. right?

So I grew it out. I didn't like it, but I did it for Taylor.
(I'm not choking my kitty.. promise. and yeah.. we are wearing matching Peter Pan hats. Sweeet.)

After a two years of growing it out and dating, we got married. 
Growing your hair out is borrrring. I gave myself highlights, bangs, braids, I dyed it, and I even bleached all my hair.

I got so sick of it being long, but Taylor didn't want me to cut it! 
I got pretty frustrated.. 
So after being married for a year, I tried to perm parts of my hair.

 Then my hair fell out. 

I was panicking, and crying a little bit.. but I was actually excited. 

So I cut my hair off again.
Then I looked in the mirror and thought,
"Oh, there you are." 

I've bleached it, dyed parts of it pink, dyed it back to brown, let it get a little longer, cut it real short. 
And I haven't grown it out since. 
Taylor keeps asking me when I'm going to grow it back out.
I don't have an answer for him... I love it short.
 
 
And for the days that I want it long..
I think I'm covered.


Friday, September 24, 2010

Fact :

Wolves are my favorite animal. 

Aside from wanting to be an artist, an FBI agent, and a veterinarian, I wanted to live with the wolves.  

My plan was: 
On graduation day I would tear off all my clothes and run into the mountains to live among the wolves.

If you were to ask the senior Rachael, she would have said it was just a joke. (.. but kinda not..)

If you were to ask the 6th grade Rachael, she would have been entirely serious.

If you were to ask the 3rd grade Rachael, she would have denied everything because she thought she was part cat.


These are facts.




Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Just In Time

4 new hats in the shop, just in time for fall.

The red one is my favorite.. if you couldn't tell.

I can't believe it's already Wednesday! 
This week has been going by way too fast.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

A Photoshoot

This last week I had the opportunity to do a photoshoot for Prismera Design
It was a lot of fun, and I loved the jewelry I got to model.
It was also extremely hot..
I love how the photos turned out. (I'm glad I didn't have to do the editing.)
I think the necklaces are adorable! They can be found here.
We also shot a short video for the line.. 
I feel like I look really silly, and sweaty.. It's okay to laugh at yourself though. 


Monday, September 20, 2010

My Favorite Ghost


Your last passing breath,
Shadow's last kiss,
Meant only your death,
My favorite ghost,
You followed me home,
and followed me close,
A ghost in my suitcase,
The monster under my bed,
In every window was your face,
The dark figure coming near,
Footsteps in the attic,
The whispers in my ear.

I loved you the most,
You were my favorite ghost.

New photographs and art prints can be found here.

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Peace & Love

I love to see my two darling filthies snuggle together. 
Fungus is normally running all around the house with random objects hanging from his mouth. 
Mowgli is normally playing "Kitty-Police" chasing after Fungus barking. 
This goes on and on. 
The two of them chase each other all over the house knocking things over and tangling my yarn.
And finally when one of them settles down for a nap the other one has to poke and annoy, 
starting the chase all over again.

So seeing this peaceful picture melts my heart a little bit.

Because love, love is never finished. It circles and circles, the memories out of order and not always complete.
Sweethearts, Sara Zarr

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Take Note

(Source)


I think I annoy my husband... a lot. We will be driving in the car and I will get so freaking excited about something. I make him pull over so that I can take a picture or make a quick sketch for a painting later. Sometimes I will see a road that I think has an interesting name or "vibe" and make him drive down it. He just rolls his eyes and tells me to tell him why. I get so frustrated with that. 
There shouldn't be a reason why to turn down a road.. 

I just want to see where it leads.

Friday, September 17, 2010

Zombie Apocalypse

If there would be a Zombie Apocalypse.. I think we would be just fine.
My reasoning?

Video games. 

I witnessed a house full of boys play "Left 4 Dead" for 12 straight hours once. 
Then they went swimming, and then played for another 8 hours.

I don't really like video games.. but they just might save us from a Zombie Apocalypse one day.

If there really were to be a Zombie Apocalypse... I don't know what I would do, other than paint. 
Because that's all I do during those video game parties.

New print at the shop.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Mail Time!

I just love mail. Opening packages is definitely one of my favorite things. It's like presents! Except most of the time you know what's in the package because you paid for it... but it's still fun!
I got home to the cutest package waiting on my doorstep. You can't see if from here.. but the address label was the cutest thing in the world. Inside the package were some awesome posters from A Vintage Poster.

My friend Sara has an online poster company and it is to die for. We were in the same art classes in high school and I'm really glad we have kept in touch after all these years because she was one of my favorites. She always made me laugh, and now even though I'm 2000 miles away from Utah she still makes me laugh with her cute blog. Please check out her adorable poster store, you won't be disappointed.
I hung all three up next to each other to skillfully hide some huge unsightly holes left by the other residents before us. I love how the three compliment each other, without having to match perfectly.

I also received a new fisheye lens for my camera. Taylor tried to talk me out of ordering it.. 

He asked, "Why do you need a fisheye lens?"

My reply, "To make our silly looking dog look even sillier!"
And of course take loads of pictures of trees.. my favorite subject.